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How to Choose and Buy Fresh Sweet Potatoes


No matter which variety you select, look for plump, smooth, hard tubers that are heavy in the hand. They should be somewhat elongated, thick in the middle, and tapering on both ends. The skins can be various colors, from light brown to a deep russet, even purple, but should not have off colored spots, spade cuts or bruises. The tubers should not be limp or spongy feeling. Do not buy any that show signs of mold, especially at the tips.

Fresh sweet potatoes are in the market year round but are at their freshest between late September and January and are most abundant during the winter holidays.

You will need from 1/3 to pound of sweet potatoes per person, unless they are being combined with other vegetables.

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